Monday, January 12, 2009

Why You Shouldn't Try to Change Your Section of UW20 After the First Week of Classes

A Message from Director of First-Year Writing, Dr. Heather Schell.

Welcome back from the winter break! For those of you currently trying to register for a section of first-year writing (UW20), please be advised that UW20 classes are intensive writing classes. Because they carry 4 credits, instead of the more standard 3-credit courses offered at GW, UW20 courses have a work-load equivalent to a lab course, and move very quickly. In fact, by the second week of the course, writing projects are already underway in many UW20 sections.

So, while the official open drop/add period lasts throughout the first two weeks of classes, we strongly recommend that you try to do your dropping and adding during the first week.

If a seat in the section you're trying to add opens up during the second week, you may to add the section during that time. However, you should expect a significant amount of make-up work to catch up to the rest of the class. Please contact the professor immediately to find out what you'll need to do to catch up.

We wish you all a great spring semester!

Dr. Heather Schell
Director of First Year Writing
University Writing Program